"Husemum Ducatus Slesvicensis ad Sinum Heveram Opp. [on sheet with] Haderslebia, in Ducatu Slesvicensi, Versus Fioniam...", Braun & Hogenberg
Subject: Husum, Germany & Haderslev, Denmark
Period: 1620 (circa)
Publication: Civitates Orbis Terrarum, Vol. IV
Color: Hand Color
17.9 x 13.6 inches
45.5 x 34.5 cm
Braun & Hogenberg's Civitates Orbis Terrarum or "Cities of the World" was published between 1572 and 1617. Within the six volumes, 531 towns and cities were depicted on 363 plates, providing the reader with the pleasures of travel without the attendant discomforts. Braun wrote in the preface to the third book, "What could be more pleasant than, in one's own home far from all danger, to gaze in these books at the universal form of the earth . . . adorned with the splendor of cities and fortresses and, by looking at pictures and reading the texts accompanying them, to acquire knowledge which could scarcely be had but by long and difficult journeys?" Braun and Hogenberg incorporated an astonishing wealth of information into each scene beyond the city layout and important buildings. The plates provide an impression of the economy and prominent occupations, and illustrate local costumes, manners and customs.
This sheet includes views of two cities that were formerly in the Duchy of Schleswig. At top is Husum, Germany with the prominent church of St. Mary and the castle built by Duke Adolf at center. At bottom is Haderslev, Denmark, depicting the impressive Hansburg castle at far right, which was destroyed in the 17th century and never rebuilt. French text on verso.
References: Fussel, p. 314.
A nice impression on a sheet with a large coat of arms watermark, a hint of toning, several very small holes along the centerfold, and marginal soiling.